Montagu is a scenic 2-hour drive from Cape Town, is surrounded by the Langeberg mountains and is the gateway to the Klein Karoo on Route 62, reputedly the longest wine route in the world.
Montagu is a year-round destination. Summers are hot and winters somewhat chilly during the nights, but the changing scenery, and sun shine makes an autumn-winter visit worthwhile.
Montagu forms part of Route 62, known as the longest wine route in the world. The 43ºC hot mineral springs in the town are known for their healing powers.
Montagu's most intriguing entrance is via Kogmans Kloof. This route was made passable when Thomas Bain built the Cogmans Kloof Pass and blasted a hole(1899) through the rockface. The Old English Fort is still on top and one can visit this.
On a stroll through the village you will encounter fascinating Cape Dutch architecture, Georgian architecture and historic buildings – there are 14 national monuments in Long Street alone! The village museum showcases history and a medicinal herb garden, along with a profusion of flora and birdlife in Nature’s Garden. And a wide range of restaurants to choose from.
For the wine lovers there are more than 50 wine cellars in the valley producing some of the finest wines in the country. You can also go olive tasting and visit the cheese factories, while there is an outdoor Montagu Vilage Market every Saturday.
Scenic walks, nature trails and mountain hikes are all the rage in this scenically splendid town and surrounds.
Tractor rides to the summit of the Langeberg Mountains are very popular. The Leiwater Dam in the heart of the town abounds with birdlife, horse-riding and camel riding. Mountain biking, game viewing, quad biking, kloofing, archery and 4x4 trails add to the outdoor adventures that can be enjoyed.
For the more energetic, Montagu is a rock climber’s paradise with some of the best rock climbing in the country. Climbs range from the most basic to the most challenging.
A scenic 9-hole golf course, squash and tennis courts and other sports facilities completes the adventure and sporting repertoire.
Montagu Nature Garden is described as: ‘A place where mountains rise, eagles soar, tortoises trundle and nature astounds with its beauty and grandeur.’ Here the mission is to develop and preserve an indigenous wild flower garden with plant species representative of those in the Klein Karoo and marginal fynbos bio-geographical zone. A circular 1.7km walking trail within the garden includes a fairly easy climb with benches at strategic intervals. From the top of Bessieskop, panoramic views of the town and the Cape Folded Mountains can be enjoyed.
Montagu - Ashton Tourism Association
24 Bath Street, Montagu, 6720
Telephone +27 23 614 2471